Emergency drill for a space worker wearing a Thicksuit; the vast antenna/solar sail can be seen as it starts to unfurl
A thicksuit is designed to allow human to operate for an extended period in a vacuum environment. It gives the wearer some of the innate abilities of certain vacuum adapted clades such as the Sailors of the Ebon Sea.
The basic structure of a thicksuit is a somewhat rubbery looking layer of material of about 1mm thickness across the hands and thickening to 10mm across the torso. An integrated backpack of some 30mm thickness contains the primary suit systems that cannot fit within the structure of the suit itself. Sensors and tactile feedback circuits in the suit cause it to transmit textures through the suit to the wearer, while supporting nanobots clean both the suit and the wearer by absorbing and recycling/removing moisture and materials from sweat, body oils, and the flaking of dead skin. Pseudo-surface solar collectors cover the outside of the suit and provide power when in proximity to a star. The backpack unit contains a small, but powerful flywheel-based power source, recycling systems, communication equipment, and a folded emergency solar sail/communications antenna that extends to some 10km in diameter when fully deployed. A complex network of nanofiber based artificial ‘muscles’ running throughout the interior layers of the suit permits users to amplify strength to ten times normal, and to reduce the apparent force of impacts by a similar amount.
In its inactive state, a thicksuit is simply a rather heavy, rubbery, full-body covering with a large slit extending up each leg and across the torso. When put on and activated, the suit automatically seals across the body and then configures itself into a comfortable arrangement around the wearer's head, bulging out over the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Phased array display elements over the eyes allow the user to see across a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum and provide text and graphic information as required. Vibrating membranes in the earpieces of the suit provide full-spectrum audio interfacing.
In addition to covering the wearer’s body, an activated thicksuit automatically deploys a network of fine tendrils into the user’s gastrointestinal and urinary systems for the purpose of absorbing and recycling biological wastes and infusing nutrition and liquid into the body. Deployment takes place through the urethra and rectal openings with secondary connections made directly to the bloodstream at various points around the body where major veins and arteries are accessible. This process is accompanied by nerve blocking mechanisms and is also quite gradual, requiring several minutes to occur. As such the ‘melding’ of a thicksuit with its user usually goes almost unnoticed, especially with regular use. When the suit is being removed, the tendrils are withdrawn and the secondary access points are sealed with fast acting healing gel. Complete healing is usually accomplished within 2 hours.
A thicksuit permits the user to operate in a vacuum environment for varying lengths of time depending on their state of activity. If fully awake and active, a human can operate comfortably in a thicksuit for several weeks, their wastes removed and recycled and energy provided by either incoming solar flux, kinetic energy capture systems or flywheel based energy systems.
If the user places themself in stasis using the suits medical systems, the thicksuit is rated to keep them alive and revivable for a period of up to 3 years under normal conditions. Using the onboard solar sail/antenna system, this is usually sufficient for the user to either return to civilization or be retrieved by rescuers summoned by signals from the antenna.
Tech Level: Nanotech 9, Cognitech 4, Biotech 5